Centres have got more to offer

Neighbourhood pericentres are the melting pots of urban development. Within the framework of updating the Centres Concept for Hamburg, a vision for the future of the centres-landscape is to be mapped out and fed into a citywide strategy. What constitutes a centre is changing. The retail sector as a motor is increasingly losing significance. The key questions for what comes next are: how can differing functions be brought together in a balance, and how can better living standards be achieved within these centres in combination with their adjoining neighbourhoods? The corollary of this is that other topics and responsibilities play a far greater role in the development of centres: occupancy mixes, multi-use public spaces, accessibility and integration.

In addition, the centres-landscape in Hamburg has become increasingly differentiated over the past years. This evolution reveals a greater emphasis on locational qualities and the specific developmental dynamics of the individual centres, as well as a redefinition of the interplay vis-à-vis one another. A typology of this centres-landscape was spread out in a series of workshops, involving a close exchange with representatives from various administrative levels, specialist departments and key actors. Furthermore, a dialogue was held with other experts from Vienna, Munich and Berlin as to the strategic trajectory and planning feasibility of centres systems. Based on the functional and urban-development conditions, as well as the developmental prospects of the types, a future-scenarios compass was created with which to plot the paths of action for these centres from a citywide perspective and to explore control models.



PLACE Hamburg
COMMISSIONED BY Behörde für Stadtenwicklung und Umwelt Hamburg
ProjeCt partnerS Spengler Wiescholek / WES Landschaftsarchitekten
ProjeCt TEAM Philip Schläger, Lukas Halemba, Kathrin Krell
tImELINE 04/2014 - 10/2014

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